(17 Sep – 17 Oct 2023)
From 17 September until 17 October 2023, we will walk 350 kilometres from the source of the Thames in the Cotswolds to its mouth in the North Sea. During the walk, we will engage with local people, school children, farmers, fishermen, teachers, rowers, journalists, politicians, environmentalists and many more, and share our vision of a world with drinkable rivers. Every day we’ll monitor the water quality of the Thames with children and stay with locals who welcome us in their homes.
We look forward to meet you along the way!
Li An and Maarten
Join the walk
Everyone is invited to join the walk for a day (or two). You can just show up or give us a heads up and register. We will aim to start around 9:00 am at the starting points as indicated below. Please double check one day in advance whether we expect any changes.
During the walk, we will measure the water quality of the Thames as part of our ongoing citizen science research project. We welcome everyone to participate in measuring the water quality of the Thames with us. Especially teachers and children are heartily invited. Please reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rather than staying in B&B’s, we prefer to stay with local people along the river so we can engage more with the Thames community. We have done so earlier along the Meuse and the IJssel and this turned out to be wonderful. If you would like to welcome us in your home, please reach out to us via email@example.com.
Walk and Dates
17 – Source of the Thames, Kemble. Opening ceremony and picknick. Starts at 12:00.
18 – Church Lane, Ashton-Keynes to Castle Eaton Bridge
19 – Castle Eaton Bridge to Buscot Lock
20 – Buscot Lock to The Trout at Tadpole Bridge
21 – The Trout at Tadpole Bridge to Bablock Hythe
22 – Bablock Hythe to Osney Bridge, Oxford
23 – Events in Oxford (no walking)
24 – Osney Bridge, Oxford to Abingdon
25 – Rest day
26 – Bridge Street, Abingdon to Dorchester
27 – Days Lock, Dorchester to Goring & Streatley
28 – Goring & Streatley Bridge to Reading Bridge
29 – Reading Bridge, Reading to Henley-on-Thames
30 – Events in Henley-on-Thames (no walking)
01 – Henley bridge, Henley-on-Thames to Cookham
02 – Rest day
03 – Ferry Lane Bridge, Cookham to Windsor
04 – Windsor & Eton Bridge to Laleham
05 – Ferry Lane, Laleham to Hampton Court Bridge
06 – Hampton Bridge Court to Kew Bridge
07 – Kew Bridge to Chelsea Bridge
08 – Chelsea Bridge to Greenwich Cutty Sark
09 – Events in London (no walking)
10 – Rest day
11 – Greenwich Cutty Sark (note: 10AM) to Royal Arsenal heritage site
12 – Royal Arsenal heritage site to Erith Pier
13 – Erith Pier to Greenhithe
14 – The Pier Hotel, Greenhithe to Lower Higham
15 – Church Street, Higham to Allhallows
16 – Slough Fort, Allhallows to Isle of Grain (North Sea)
17 – Closing event (in London 4-7PM, no walking)
Li An Phoa
Maarten van der Schaaf
About Drinkable Rivers
When we will have drinkable rivers again it will be an indicator that we live healthy and in balance. All our actions on the land and in the water will contribute to this. As we are all dependent on fresh water all around the world and we are all part of watersheds, the drinkable river could be a societal compass for the 21st century that can guide us in the direction of health and that can mobilise all of us.
A movie from Thom Verheul, creative commons 2020 Stichting Drinkable Rivers
The First Mile
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
Time & Leisure